13 Things That Don't Make Sense by Michael Brooks
The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time

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Spanning disciplines from biology to cosmology, chemistry to psychology to physics, Michael Brooks thrillingly captures the excitement of scientific discovery.Science’s best-kept secret is this: even today, thereare experimental results that the most brilliant scientists cannot explain. In the past, similar “anomalies” have revolutionized our world. If history is any precedent, we should look to today’s inexplicable results to forecast the future of science. Michael Brooks heads to the scientific frontier to confront thirteen modern-day anomalies and what they might reveal about tomorrow’s breakthroughs.


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About Michael Brooks

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MICHAEL BROOKS, who holds a PhD in quantum physics, is an author, journalist, and broadcaster. He is a consultant at New Scientist, a weekly magazine with over three quarters of a million readers worldwide, has a biweekly column for the New Statesman, and is the author of the bestselling non-fiction title 13 Things That Don't Make Sense. His writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Playboy. He has lectured at New York University, The American Museum of Natural History, and Cambridge University. Visit michaelbrooks.org
 
Published August 12, 2008 by Vintage. 256 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science & Math, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Failure to account for the origins of life or death hardly seems a reason to question the validity of the scientific enterprise.

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It's a good idea for a pop-science book: to focus on a baker's dozen of "anomalies", things that don't quite fit into current scientific theories and so are provoking imaginative research at the cutting edge.

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The Telegraph

We know this – or, at least, we think we know this – because we don’t understand how gravity works.

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The Bookbag

13 Things That Don't Make Sense might not make complete sense of all these, but it'll certainly fascinate you as it explains these and other questions.

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Sensing the theme's larger potential, Brooks added and discarded topics, undertook some firsthand investigations, and has now produced a volume that provides a fascinating and humbling perspective on humanity's vaunted scientific wisdom.

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